Overview

My research questions emerge from clinical problems I discover. I conduct projects in the areas of cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery and vascular anomalies. I have a certificate in teaching and higher education and I try to maintain research interests in these areas. As well, I have an interest in safety and effective surgical tools during operative procedures. I have a strong trainee component to my research and ensure that all appropriate projects have a medical student, resident or fellow involved.

Publications

Burn Care and Surgical Exposure amongst Canadian Plastic Surgery Residents: Recommendations for Transitioning to a Competency-Based Medical Education Model.
Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association
Shih JG and Quong WL and Knox ADC and Zhygan N and Courtemanche DJ and Brown MH and Fish JS
DOI: 10.1093/jbcr/irz086
PubMed: 31318016
07/2019

CLEFT-Q: Detecting Differences in Outcomes among 2434 Patients with Varying Cleft Types.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Wong Riff KWY and Tsangaris E and Forrest CR and Goodacre T and Longmire NM and Allen G and Courtemanche DJ and Goldstein J and O'Mahony A and Pusic AL and Slator R and Swan MC and Klassen AF
DOI: 10.1097/prs.0000000000005723
PubMed: 31246826
07/2019

Toward the Assessment of Core Procedural Competencies among Canadian Plastic Surgery Residents.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Shih JG and Knox ADC and Zhygan N and Courtemanche DJ and Fish JS and Brown MH
DOI: 10.1097/prs.0000000000005062
PubMed: 30239499
12/2018

A Review of Validated Quality-of-Life Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Pediatric Plastic Surgery.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Roller JM and Courtemanche RJM and Courtemanche DJ
DOI: 10.1097/prs.0000000000004841
PubMed: 30113441
11/2018

Image guided sclerotherapy for the treatment of venous malformations.
CVIR endovascular
Gorman J and Zbarsky SJ and Courtemanche RJM and Arneja JS and Heran MKS and Courtemanche DJ
DOI: 10.1186/s42155-018-0009-1
PubMed: 30652135
06/2018

Psychometric findings and normative values for the CLEFT-Q based on 2434 children and young adult patients with cleft lip and/or palate from 12 countries.
CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne
Klassen AF and Riff KWW and Longmire NM and Albert A and Allen GC and Aydin MA and Baker SB and Cano SJ and Chan AJ and Courtemanche DJ and Dreise MM and Goldstein JA and Goodacre TEE and Forrest CR
DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.170289
PubMed: 29661814
04/2018

Multidisciplinary Cleft Palate Program at BC Children's Hospital: Are We Meeting the Standards of Care?
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Dahiya A and Courtemanche R and Courtemanche DJ
DOI: 10.1177/2292550317747852
PubMed: 29845045
01/2018

In Reply
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2017.06.013
10/2017

Lymphatic Malformation Architecture
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Claudia C. Malic and Regan Guilfoyle and Rebecca J.M. Courtemanche and Jugpal S. Arneja and Manraj K.S. Heran and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/scs.0000000000003789
10/2017

Routine Postoperative Imaging Is Not Indicated in the Management of Mandibular Fractures
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Douglas J. Courtemanche and Richard Barton and Damon Li and Graeme McNeill and Manraj K.S. Heran
DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2016.12.024
04/2017

Spontaneously Resolved Macrocystic Lymphatic Malformations: Predictive Variables and Outcomes.
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Phang MJ and Courtemanche DJ and Bucevska M and Malic C and Arneja JS
DOI: 10.1177/2292550317693815
PubMed: 29026809
02/2017

Airway Management in Pierre Robin Sequence: The Vancouver Classification.
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Li WY and Poon A and Courtemanche D and Verchere C and Robertson S and Bucevska M and Malic C and Arneja JS
DOI: 10.1177/2292550317693814
PubMed: 29026807
02/2017

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons: Abstracts presented at the 70th Annual Meeting, June 14 – 18, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario.
Plastic Surgery
Clarke H and Lennox P and Allen M and Thomson T
DOI: 10.1177/229255031602400206
05/2016

What Is the Best Way to Measure Surgical Quality? Comparing the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program versus Traditional Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Jacques X. Zhang and Diana Song and Julie Bedford and Marija Bucevska and Douglas J. Courtemanche and Jugpal S. Arneja
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000481737.88897.1a
04/2016

Multiple Successful Angioembolizations for Refractory Cardiac Failure in a Preterm with Rapidly Involuting Congenital Hemangioma
American Journal of Perinatology Reports
Amitava Sur and Heran Manraj and Pascal Lavoie and Ken Lim and Douglas Courtemanche and Paul Brooks and Susan Albersheim
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1570342
01/2016

Initiating silver recycling efforts: Quantifying Ag from used burn dressings
Environmental Technology & Innovation
Rebecca J.M. Courtemanche and Nichole S. Taylor and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1016/j.eti.2015.04.003
10/2015

The cranial orbital buttress technique for nonsyndromic unicoronal and metopic craniosynostosis
Neurosurgical Focus
Shane K. F. Seal and Paul Steinbok and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.3171/2015.2.focus14844
05/2015

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Société Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens.
Plastic Surgery
Tredget E and Clarke: H and Taylor C
DOI: 10.1177/229255031502300202
01/2015

Acute choke zone effects: Lessons from radioactive and fluorescent microspheres in a pig model muscle flap
Plastic Surgery
DJ Courtemanche and WG Cannon and RJM Courtemanche and JS Williamson and D Lyster
DOI: 10.4172/plastic-surgery.1000924
2015

Acute choke zone effects: Lessons from radioactive and fluorescent microspheres in a pig model muscle flap.
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Courtemanche DJ and Cannon WG and Courtemanche R and Williamson JS and Lyster D
PubMed: 26361624
2015

The “Little AVM”
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open
Michael Stein and Regan Guilfoyle and Douglas J. Courtemanche and Wendy Moss and Marija Bucevska and Jugpal S. Arneja
DOI: 10.1097/gox.0000000000000145
07/2014

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Société Canadienne DesChirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 68th Annual Meeting / 68e Réunion annuelle June 24 – 28, 2014, Montréal, Québec.
Plastic Surgery
Callaghan WB and Tredget E and Beauregard G
DOI: 10.1177/229255031402200205
01/2014

Use of safety scalpels and other safety practices to reduce sharps injury in the operating room: What is the evidence?
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Kristin DeGirolamo and Douglas Courtemanche and Warren Hill and Angie Kennedy and Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.003812
08/2013

Prenatal Presentation of Fronto-orbital Congenital Infantile Fibrosarcoma
JAMA Ophthalmology
Hughie H. Tsang and Peter J. Dolman and Douglas J. Courtemanche and Shahrad Rod Rassekh and Christof Senger and Christopher J. Lyons
DOI: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.1934
07/2013

Complicated Infantile Hemangioma of the Lip
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sally Hynes and Kailash Narasimhan and Douglas J. Courtemanche and Jugpal S. Arneja
DOI: 10.1097/prs.0b013e31827c6fe2
03/2013

Reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery? Factors influencing the type of practice established by Canadian plastic surgeons
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Colin W Mcinnes and Douglas J Courtemanche and Cynthia G Verchere and Kevin L Bush and Jugpal S Arneja
DOI: 10.1177/229255031202000312
08/2012

Bilateral Temporomandibular Joint Dislocation With Locked Mandibular Impaction
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Sally L. Hynes and Leigh A. Jansen and D. Ross Brown and Douglas J. Courtemanche and James C. Boyle
DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2011.09.046
02/2012

Split calvarial bone grafting in patients less than 1 year of age: technical note and use in craniofacial surgery for craniosynostosis
Child's Nervous System
Paul Steinbok and Shane K. F. Seal and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-011-1447-4
04/2011

Robin sequence: clearing nosologic confusion.
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Breugem CC and Courtemanche DJ
DOI: 10.1597/08-061.1
PubMed: 19860499
03/2010

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons/Société Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 64th Annual Meeting / 64e Réunion annuelle June 15–19, 2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique
Paletz J and Jewer DD and Morris S
DOI: 10.1177/229255031001800203
01/2010

Role of Platelet Gel and Calcium-Coated Lactosorb Membranes in Healing Critical Calvarial Defects
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Daniel A. Peters and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/scs.0b013e3181c01880
11/2009

Robin Sequence: Clearing Nosologic Confusion
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Corstiaan Breugem and Douglas Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1597/08-061
10/2009

Portable ultrasound-assisted injection of OK-432 in lymphatic malformations by the plastic surgeon
Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Corstiaan C. Breugem and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.02.026
10/2008

Subperiosteal Release of the Floor of the Mouth in Airway Management in Pierre Robin Sequence
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Corstiaan C. Breugem and Peter R. Olesen and Donald G. Fitzpatrick and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/scs.0b013e31816aab0b
05/2008

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Société Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting / 62e Réunion annuelle June 24 – 28 2008, St John’s, Newfoundland.
The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique
Wilkes G and Thoma A and Rideout A
DOI: 10.1177/229255030801600202
01/2008

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Société Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 61st Annual Meeting / 61 Réunion annuelle May 29 - June 2, 2007, Banff, Alberta.
The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique
Lalonde D and Wilkes G and Sinclair T
DOI: 10.1177/229255030701500202
PubMed: 19554192
01/2007

Treatment of Cystic Lymphatic Vascular Malformations with OK-432 Sclerotherapy
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Daniel A. Peters and Douglas J. Courtemanche and Manraj K. S. Heran and Jeffrey P. Ludemann and Julie S. Prendiville
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000239503.10964.11
11/2006

Facial Fractures – Association with Ocular Injuries: A 13-Year Review of One Practice in a Tertiary Care Centre
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Daniel Y Nagase and Douglas J Courtemanche and Daniel A Peters
DOI: 10.1177/229255030601400303
08/2006

Breast Reconstruction in Older Women: Should Age Be an Exclusion Criterion?
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cameron C. Bowman and Peter A. Lennox and Patricia A. Clugston and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000220473.94654.a4
07/2006

Facial fractures – association with ocular injuries: A 13-year review of one practice in a tertiary care centre
Plastic Surgery
Daniel Y Nagase and Douglas J Courtemanche
DOI: 10.4172/plastic-surgery.1000477
2006

Plate Removal in Traumatic Facial Fractures
Annals of Plastic Surgery
Daniel Y. Nagase and Douglas J. Courtemanche and Daniel A. Peters
DOI: 10.1097/01.sap.0000189666.13860.c0
2005

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Société Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 57th Annual Meeting/57e Réunion annuelle June 25–28 juin, Whistler, British Columbia.
The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique
Caouette-Laberge L and Lobay G and Rai DK
01/2003

Groupe pour L’Avancement de la Microchirurgie Canada (GAM): Abstracts presented at the 24th Annual Meeting/24e Réunion annuelle June 25–28 juin, Whistler, British Columbia.
The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique
Morris S and Bain J
01/2003

Vascular Resistance in Human Muscle Flaps
Annals of Plastic Surgery
R. C. Mahabir and J. S. Williamson and N. J. Carr and D. J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/00000637-200108000-00007
08/2001

Pediatric hand fractures: A review
Pediatric Emergency Care
RAMAN C. MAHABIR and ALI R. KAZEMI and WENDY G. CANNON and DOUGLAS J. COURTEMANCHE
DOI: 10.1097/00006565-200106000-00001
06/2001

Surgical Management of Injuries Sustained from Grizzly Bear Maulings Treated in Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Raman C Mahabir and Peter R Olesen and Wendy G Cannon and Nicole M Barré and Charles Ft Snelling and J Scott Williamson and Douglas J Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1177/229255030000800506
10/2000

Lipoma of the Cleft Soft Palate: A Case Report of a Rare Congenital Anomaly
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Raman C. Mahabir and Jamal A. Mohammad and Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1597/1545-1569(2000)0372.0.co;2
09/2000

Lipoma of the cleft soft palate: a case report of a rare congenital anomaly.
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Mahabir RC and Mohammad JA and Courtemanche DJ
DOI: 10.1597/1545-1569(2000)037<0503:lotcsp>2.0.co;2
PubMed: 11034034
09/2000

Pathologic quiz case 2. Cherubism.
Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery
Shokeir MO and O'Connell JX and Courtemanche DJ and Berean KW
PubMed: 8859129
10/1996

Lower extremity burns and Unna paste: can we decrease health care costs without compromising patient care?
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Wells NJ and Boyle JC and Snelling CF and Carr NJ and Courtemanche DJ
PubMed: 7497369
12/1995

Osseointegration in Sinus-Forming Bone
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Christopher J. Coombs and Keith L. Mutimer and Anthony D. Holmes and Bruce A. Levant and Douglas J. Courtemanche and John G. Clement
DOI: 10.1097/00006534-199595050-00016
04/1995

Osseointegration in sinus-forming bone.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Coombs CJ and Mutimer KL and Holmes AD and Levant BA and Courtemanche DJ and Clement JG
PubMed: 7708871
04/1995

Osseointegration in Sinus-Forming Bone
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Christopher J. Coombs and Keith L. Mutimer and Anthony D. Holmes and Bruce A. Levant and Douglas J. Courtemanche and John G. Clement
DOI: 10.1097/00006534-199504001-00016
04/1995

Revascularization of a seven-week-old infant lower extremity: case report.
Journal of reconstructive microsurgery
Clugston PA and Courtemanche DJ and Lawson I and Christensen LB and Tredwell S
PubMed: 7791134
03/1995

Wetting state of a crystal-fluid system of hard spheres.
Physical review letters
Courtemanche DJ and van Swol F
DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.69.2078
PubMed: 10046393
10/1992

Experimental calvarial growth disturbance by micro-plate and screw fixation.
The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery
Courtemanche DJ and Mutimer KL and Holmes AD and Levant BA and Clement JG
PubMed: 1590718
06/1992

Monoclonal antibody LICR-LON-M8 does not predict the outcome of operable breast cancer.
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Courtemanche DJ and Worth AJ and Coupland RW and Rowell JL and MacFarlane JK
PubMed: 1847654
02/1991

Detection of micrometastases from primary breast cancer.
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Courtemanche DJ and Worth AJ and Coupland RW and MacFarlane JK
PubMed: 1847653
02/1991

Wetting of a Smooth Substrate by Crystal
MRS Proceedings
David J. Courtemanche and Frank van Swol
DOI: 10.1557/proc-237-73
01/1991

Rating the burn scar.
The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation
Sullivan T and Smith J and Kermode J and McIver E and Courtemanche DJ
PubMed: 2373734
1990

Recognition and treatment of the post-traumatic stress disorder in the burn victim.
The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation
Courtemanche DJ and Robinow O
PubMed: 2745501
1989

Myocardial infarction in a child with Salmonella enterocolitis.
Pediatric cardiology
Courtemanche DJ and Firth CE and Onyet H
PubMed: 3523451
1986

Research

The Role of Experts in Teaching in a Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Our pediatric plastic surgery fellow, Dr. Jason Neil-Dwyer, is completing his certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and this project is part of his graduation requirements. Internationally the moves towards implementing a shorter workweek for residents, reducing the number of years of residency, and emphasising operating room efficiency, are markedly diminishing teaching time provided to each resident. Given the importance of the operating room experience to surgical residents’ education, it is crucial that we gain a better understanding of the teaching that occurs in this environment so that it can be best facilitated in a shorter time. The first step towards improving surgical skills training is to better define the methods successfully used for teaching. The aim of this study will be to analyse teaching in the operating room environment. The analysis will attempt to qualify the cognitive, verbal and motor strategies that are used by the mentor surgeon through observation and stimulated recall interviews.

Safety Scalpels: A Systematic Review
Are safety scalpels safer than traditional scalpels in lowering the incidence of scalpel injuries in the operative setting?

Maxillary Outgrowth after Repair of a Cleft of the soft Palate: An Analysis between the Wardill-Kilner and Furlow palatoplasty
This is a multi-disciplinary project in conjunction with orthodontists and dentists in the community. The primary goal for performing a palatoplasty is to achieve closure between the oral and nasal cavities and subsequently lead to normal velopharyngeal sphincter closure for speech. The two main parameters for assessing successful outcome are intelligible speech and maxillary outgrowth. This study was undertaken to analyse the effect that two different surgical methods have on maxillary outgrowth in patients with an isolated cleft of the soft palate.

Honours & Awards

Honourable Mention – McCreary Prize for Inter-professional Teamwork (Cleft Palate Team), 2005

MCC Recognition of Service Award, 2002

Research Group Members

Beenu Bajwa, Research Assistant
Marija Bucevska, Clinical Research Coordinator
Rebecca Courtemanche
Rupinder Parhar
Marija Parhar, High School Student
Ethan Ponton, Undergraduate Student